DEAR SUN SPOTS: Central Maine Adaptive Sports is a program held at Lost Valley in Auburn and we are looking for coaches to teach the intellectual disability students how to ski. Any evening or weekend hours are available. We have students on the waiting list and ready to go. For more info, please call me at 786-3062. — Cindy Dubois, firstname.lastname@example.org
DEAR SUN SPOTS: Thank you so much for all your efforts and remarkable answers to so many questions.
It’s my hope that you can find the words to two poems. One is about “My Mother’s Hands.” The other is something like “If You Love Me, Tell Me Now.”
Also, I’d like to know what days of the week Jan. 4, 1974, Jan. 23, 1972, and Sept. 20, 1949, fell on. — T.R., Strong
ANSWER:Sun Spots found the “Her Hands” poem at familyfriendpoems.com (http://tinyurl.com/7v867mr). It is by Maggie Pittman. Sun Spots cannot reprint all of it because of copyright, but here is the first stanza. If you don’t have a computer, visit your library to read and print it.
Her hands held me gently from the day I took my first breath.
Her hands helped to guide me as I took my first step.
Her hands held me close when the tears would start to fall.
Her hands were quick to show me that she would take care of it all.
The same copyright restrictions apply to “If you love me, tell me now, I cannot wait till then” by Ronald L Conte Jr, 1995. Again, here is the first stanza. If you want to read the whole thing, visit http://tinyurl.com/77m7pfp
Next time, next month, next year, or wait another ten
(We used to plan our dreams so carefully)
Put off our hearts true deeds, until another then
(But for today to wait so silently)
Trust not our words to ought but ink and pen
As to your last question, according to calendarhome.com, Jan. 4, 1974, was a Thursday; Jan. 23, 1972, was a Sunday and Sept. 20, 1949, was a Tuesday.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: Chivalry isn’t dead. On a recent Monday, I was parked in a public parking lot in Lewiston, and I had the hood up on my car and was pouring windshield washer in the reservoir, when a very thoughtful man, who was passing by on the sidewalk, stopped and asked if I needed help starting my car. I told him that I was just putting in some windshield washer but thanked him for seeing if I needed help. I didn’t get his name, but I sure appreciated his offer of help. — Lynne Chick. email@example.com
DEAR SUN SPOTS: My grandpa Wesley Walton passed away on Dec. 14. There are people I want to thank for all the help they gave him and my family, including: Turner Rescue, especially Ross G.; Green Village Pharmacy, esp. Jackie for delivering any time of night; Jackie Shoemaker; and Elaine Parlin for bringing food whenever the church had suppers. Thank you to all from the bottom of my heart and soul. — Dominique Richardson, Hartford
DEAR SUN SPOTS: A big thank-you for your Dec. 23 column on veterans and our efforts to fill the next stone on Memorial Day. We’ve had many requests to have veterans’ names inscribed. The queries were tremendous for the holiday season.
Thank you for your help in making this happen. Being a veteran and seeing all the people caring for their veterans is very uplifting. — Maurice Dutil, vice chairman, L&A Veterans Council
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